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45 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 06 January 2009

Bidisha talks to director Danny Boyle about his new, award-winning film Slumdog Millionaire, which tells the story of a poor Indian boy on the cusp of winning the Who Wants to be a Millioniare jackpot. Based on the novel Q and A by Vikas Swarup, the film, shot and set in India, traces the turbulent life of a young street beggar whose appearance on the show exceeds people's expectations and raises suspicions from the game show host and police. Bidisha asks whether it will match the success of Boyle's previous films such as 28 Days Later, Trainspotting and Sunshine.


    Bidisha talks to the director Danny Boyle about his film Slumdog Millionaire, which has four Golden Globe nominations and won best film at the National Board of Review.

    This is the story of a poor Indian boy on the cusp of winning the jackpot on Who Wants to be a Millionaire. Based on the novel Q & A by Vikas Swarup, the film traces the life of the young street beggar whose spectacular success on the gameshow raises suspicions from the police.

    Danny Boyle’s previous films include 28 Days Later and Trainspotting.

    Slumdog Millionaire is released in cinemas nationwide on 9th January 2009.


    Novelist, Sarah Dunant, discusses the recently published diaries of the late American writer and activist Susan Sontag.

    Reborn: Early Diaries, 1947-1964 is published by Hamish Hamilton.


    As Amsterdam tries to clean up its Red Light District, Bidisha looks at what’s happening to the traditional liberal European hotspots.

    She is joined in the studio by the journalist, Hans Kundnani; Mark Leonard, the executive director of the European Council on Foreign Relations; and from Amsterdam, the Dutch writer, Paul Scheffer.


    And the choreographer Siobhan Davies talks about her work for 2009, her plans to take dance out of the theatre and into galleries, and why she refuses to have mirrors in her studio.

    Siobhan Davies’ website


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